Local Expert Blog: What Is Tennis And Golfer’s Elbow?

Saturday April 6th, 2019

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What is epicondylitis?

Epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis (outside of the elbow) or golfer’s elbow (inside of the elbow), is inflammation of the tendons of the forearm muscles where they attach to the bones of the elbow. This inflammation can lead to pain and tenderness at the elbow joint and pain with lifting and gripping activities.

What causes epicondylitis?

Epicondylitis is usually the result of repetitive wrist movements and gripping activities. It can be common with occupations that require activities such as gripping tools, prolonged driving and typing. Taking regular rest periods and stretching the forearm can help reduce the stress on the muscles during these activities.

How is epicondylitis treated?

  • Ice is commonly used to help decrease pain and inflammation at the elbow joint.
  • Wearing an elbow brace can help to reduce the stress on the inflamed area during activities that require repetitive gripping.
  • Exercises to stretch the forearm muscles can also help relieve pain and muscle tightness.

Tennis elbow stretch: With your palm facing down, keeping your elbow straight while using your opposite hand to gently bend your wrist DOWN until a stretch is felt in the forearm.

Golfer’s elbow stretch: With your palm facing down, keeping your elbow straight while using your opposite hand to gently bend your wrist UP until a stretch is felt in the forearm.

  • Your health care provider can also use modalities such as ultrasound and laser to help with pain and inflammation.

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